A May the 4th bierklasse, Cinco de...Derby party and mind-altering music festival make this one unique weekend in Milwaukee.


A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder

All’s fair in love and murder, according to Monty Navarro, the distant heir to a family fortune. The eight relatives standing between Monty and a massive pile of money are all played by the same actor, who sings and dances (and repeatedly croaks) his way through this slapstick musical comedy. Catch this hilarious production from Tuesday, May 1 through Sunday, May 6 at the Marcus Center (929 N. Water St.). 

Bravo, Next Act!

Enjoy a taste of la dolce vita at Next Act’s (255 S. Water St.) annual gala on Thursday, May 3, complete with wine tastings, antipasti, Italian music and a bocce ball tournament. Broadway actor and Marquette University alumnus Anthony “Tony” Crivello pays salute during a special cocktail reception before the main event.


It’s a Trap(pist)! Bierklasse

Star Wars fans, don’t miss this May the 4th celebration at CafĂ© Hollander Tosa (7677 W. State St.), where bier and Star Wars unite for a Trappist bierklasse. Don your Jedi robe or Leia buns and learn how well Frites pair with strong Belgian biers.


Photo by Dan Jarvis

Milwaukee Psych Fest

Get psyched for the city’s yearly celebration of mind-altering, mood-boosting music, taking place Friday, May 4 and Saturday, May 5. This year, bands from as far afield as Chile, Norway and Japan are flying into Milwaukee for the festival, which takes over venues across the city, including Boone and Crockett’s sprawling new Water Street space (818 S. Water St.).


Cinco de Derby

Cinco de Mayo + the Kentucky Derby = Cinco de Derby! Dress in your Derby best and head to Three Lions Pub (4515 N. Oakland Ave.) for a Derby celebration with a hat contest, drink specials and more. 

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Art in the Green

Leave the barren white walls of modern galleries and museums behind for this two-day event (Saturday, May 5 and Sunday, May 6), featuring hundreds of artworks on display inside Mitchell Park’s Conservatory Annex (524 S. Layton Blvd.). Food and drink vendors will be stationed throughout the Domes, too, along with local performers. 

Bridge Work Exhibition

Bridge Work: Emerging Artists From the Midwest, on display at Var West Gallery (423 W. Pierce St.) from Saturday, May 5 through June 23, is a multi-state project that showcases talented artists hoping to gain exposure in the contemporary art world. Check it out this Saturday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.